When will people stop being so negative about England?

It’s a shame that whatever Roy Hodgson does, he seems to get absolutely slaughtered by someone in the media. How about we get behind our manager and inspire our national side to be successful at the World Cup this year?

It’s no wonder why England have been poor at recent major tournaments. The pre-tournament build up is always packed with people saying ‘we’re not going to win it, so what’s the point?‘, and it is exactly the same before this tournament. It’s getting very boring. Support the team.

Roy Hodgson announced his World Cup squad today and I don’t think there is much wrong with it at all. You can see the amount of young talent we have, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, etc. These players are going to be excellent footballers as they go throughout their careers, at the moment all four of them have shown just how good they really are already.

Then you get people criticising Hodgson for taking experienced players to the World Cup. Well, you will need experience at major tournaments. What if one of those young players loses confidence in the quarter final? Experience will help them to get over their nerves. You saw it in England’s friendly against Denmark in March. Luke Shaw comes on to make his debut, Steven Gerrard passes to him to give him a feel of the ball, to remind him of the occasion. Surely this helped his confidence? It’s not just about helping the young players though. If England are a goal behind and you have Frank Lampard on the bench, you would bring him on, because there is more chance of Lampard popping up with a goal than Ross Barkley.

I’ve heard people say ‘England shouldn’t be going to win the World Cup‘ – well why not? What’s the point of being there then? Every country that qualifies for the World Cup goes to win the thing.

I think the England squad is close to perfect. Perhaps Chris Smalling was a bit of a dodgy selection but that’s the only real problem I can see with it. I’ve got no problem with the reserve list either. John Ruddy was maybe a bit unlucky but Ben Foster is still an excellent goalkeeper in my opinion. John Stones is not ready for a World Cup, a few good games doesn’t mean he should be in the England squad. Jon Flanagan is decent but again I don’t think he is quite ready yet. Michael Carrick has been poor for Manchester United all season and the reserve list was the absolute maximum in my opinion. Tom Cleverly exactly the same, Andy Carroll is just too injury prone and it would have been ridiculous to include him in the squad and Jermaine Defoe left for Canada in January, so it’s not exactly easy for Roy to watch him play.

My message to England fans… Be positive, you can not expect us to get out the group if we’re getting written off before it’s even started. Yes, the group is tough, but we are capable of beating anyone of those three teams if we are on our game.

Dan is an aspiring sports journalist from Surrey. He is a Fulham season ticket holder and regularly attends away matches. Dan has been writing for Proven Quality since April 2014. Feel free to get in touch, his email is danielpowell98@gmail.com
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